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King Charles II at a ball in The Hague on the evening before his return to England, 1660. Engraving by W. Greatbach after G.P. Harding after H. Janssens.

  • Janssens, Hieronymus, 1624-1693.
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About this work


Appears to refer to banquet held at the Mauritshuis to honour Charles II on the eve of his departure for Britain at the Restoration, Sunday 30 May 1660, hosted by Prince Maurice of Nassau and the States of Holland. Charles II is shown twice – dancing in the outer room with his sister Mary, Princess of Orange, and dining in the inner room sitting next to her. The scene is probably imaginary and is perhaps intended to suggest that Charles II is joining the fashionable throng who have come to watch the event from an outer room. This might explain why dancing is depicted at an occasion which was certainly not a ball (information from the Royal Collection online catalogue)


London : Richard Bentley, 1851.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 15.2 x 23 cm


King Charles 2nd and Elizabeth, Princess Palatine, his cousin, dancing at The Hague. From the original by G. Janssens in the collection at Windsor castle. G.P. Harding F.S.A. del. W. Greatbatch sc.

References note

Not found in: Freeman O'Donoghue, Catalogue of engraved British portraits preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, London 1910


Wellcome Library no. 2044140i


  • English

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